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Two museums, which ones are the best?

We are not very cultural people, but I would like to see two museums while in NYC. What would you recomend for our family with two little kids?

I’m thinking
American Museum of Natural History (hubby a geography major)
Guggenheim
Museum of Modern Art.

Please be specific to help me decide.

Thanks for your help, New Yorkers. You guys are a big help on here!

my first choice would be the AMNH. you’ve already mentioned geography, and little kids like animals and planets (The Rose Center for Earth and Space, with the new Hayden Planetarium, is part of AMNH).

if you want a second museum to go to, i’d recommend MoMA, except for the fact that the admission is expensive, $20/adult, i think, and the fee is also mandatory, not suggested. kids aren’t much yet attuned to art, much less modern art, but MoMA does have a nice and large space where you can buy very tasty and gourmet meals and sit down and relax for a while.

if the admission fees are too much, then go to the Guggenheim. the building itself is interesting, basically a spiral, and it’s right across the street from Central Park. if you go to the Guggenheim, remember to take the elevator to the top and then walk down the spiral to the bottom.

what is the focal point of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao piece?

what is the focal point of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao piece

http://www.google.com/search?client=opera&rls=en&q=what+is+the+focal+point+of+Gehry’s+Guggenheim+Museum+in+Bilbao+piece?&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&channel=suggest
thank you very much!

What is the role of women in modern Asian societies (China, Japan, or Southeast Asia)?

I have to come up with a term paper proposal for my women’s studies class and I am interested in researching women’s issues and their roles in MODERN Asian societies (Southeast Asia, China, or Japan specifically), especially in relation to Confucianism (where applicable).

Can anyone give me a little background information about this topic to help me narrow it down some?

Cooking, Cleaning Etc?

Need help with vector decomposition.?

A Toyata Sienna with a gross weight of 5300 pounds is parked on a street with a slope of 8 degrees. Find the force required to keep the Sienna from rolling down the hill. What is the force perpendicular to the hill?

Please give a detailed explanation; here is a diagram http://www.geocities.com/markisusmarkmark/vectordecomp.bmp

Also, r*tan(theta)=2; this is r(sin(theta)\cos(theta)) = 2; this is r*sin(theta) = 2cos(theta); isn’t this y = 2cos(theta) in rectangular form? When I put the polar equation into my calculator though, it does not show a cosin curve. What is wrong with my math?

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You are getting the coordinates confused. I am using t for theta, the angle. y = 2cos t has nothing to do with r*tan t = 2
You want to solve for r in terms of t.
r = 2 cot t. This is what you want to plot, with your calculator if you must but I think you would benefit from using pencil and paper. I took me a few minutes.

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the angle between 5300 lbs normal to the earth and the normal to the road is 8 deg. The amount of 5300 that is parallel to the road and down the hill is 5300 sin 8. The force normal to the road is 5300 cos 8.

I suggest that you draw the picture

Garrison Keillor reads Pontoon at the 92nd Street Y

0 Garrison Keillor reads Pontoon at the 92nd Street YA Grammy and Peabody winner, Garrison Keillor is the author of more than 15 books and is the creator, host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac, heard on public radio stations across the country. In April 2008, Keillor sat down with Roger Rosenblatt, also an award-winning writer and host of the Afternoon Night Table Series at the 92nd Street Y, to discuss his latest new novel, Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon. In this video clip, Keillor reads from the book and ruminates on insomniacs.

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C. D. Wright Reads From “One With Others” at 92nd Street Y

0 C. D. Wright Reads From One With Others at 92nd Street Y92Y Poetry: http://www.92y.org/shop/category.asp?catalog=92y_catalog&category=Tisch+Center+for+the+Arts&category=Unterberg+Poetry+Center

The National Book Critics Circle Awards took place last night with numerous nominations and awards going to guests and faculty of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Congratulations to all nominees, including C. D. Wright who won in Poetry for One With Others. Darin Strauss, teacher in the Unterberg Poetry Center Writing Program, won in Autobiography and Clare Cavanagh, award-winner in Criticism, will be here next month.

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92nd Street Y

0 92nd Street Y92stySonny Allen The Last of the Savoy Ballroom Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop Champion and Palladium Ballroom Latin Mambo/Salsa dancer Singer- Dancer- Choreographer- Lecture- Dance Instructor for social dancers and…

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Junot Díaz and Jamaica Kincaid at the 92nd Street Y

0 Junot Díaz and Jamaica Kincaid at the 92nd Street Yhttp://www.92y.org/shop/category.asp?category=Interests+-+Literature888Interests+-+Literature+-+Events888Main+Reading+Series888

Junot Díaz and Jamaica Kincaid read from their novels at the 92nd Street Y, Jan 26, 2009.

Junot reads first, and Kincaid begins her reading at the 2:52 mark

Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. Said Edward P. Jones: It is the untold stories that propel—those vibrant, colorful, magical, historical swirls of humanity that make up our knowing. [This] first novel offers that and more. Jamaica Kincaids fiction vividly and often harrowingly describes the difficult coming-of-age of strong-minded girls who, very much like herself, were born into tropical poverty, wrote Dwight Garner. Kincaids works include Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, My Brother, Talk Stories and Mr. Potter.

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Intermediate Tap 92nd St. Y Dance Performance – 3rd show

0 Intermediate Tap 92nd St. Y Dance Performance   3rd showInter Tap 92nd St. Y Dance Performance – 3rd show
1/26/08
“Undecided”
Choreography by Kenny Noth

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Mario Vargas Llosa at the 92nd Street Y

0 Mario Vargas Llosa at the 92nd Street Yhttp://www.92Y.org/Poetry

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy praised him “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” He is the first South American to win the Prize since Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1982).

Mr. Vargas Llosa has visited the 92Y Poetry Center many times over the years. In a 2007 appearance, he read from his latest novel, The Bad Girl, and took questions from the audience. In this excerpt, he discusses the impact of living abroad on his career as a writer, as well as his early reactions, while he was still abroad, to the political upheaval which was taking place in Latin America in the 1950s and 60s.

Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

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AsiaSociety: RT @WhiteWhaleGames: We need one of these in our office. http://t.co/HghwXUI3 @asiasociety #mythicalcreatures #godbeast #roboticsculpture

AsiaSociety: RT @WhiteWhaleGames: We need one of these in our office. http://t.co/HghwXUI3 @asiasociety #mythicalcreatures #godbeast #roboticsculpture
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In Burma, Signs of Confrontation to Come

Policy

As Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to tour her country despite warnings from the hard-line government, a new confrontation may be brewing, says Asia Society Consultant Priscilla Clapp.

As Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to tour her country despite warnings from the hard-line government, a new confrontation may be brewing. After all, the last time Suu Kyi toured the country in 2003, the crowds that greeted her so spooked Burma’s rulers that pro-government thugs attacked her motorcade in an apparent assassination attempt. She was then detained for seven years.

Confrontation to Come in Burma?

Country braces as democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi prepares tour.

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Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) walks through a crowd of supporters and reporters as she arrives for celebrations of her 66th birthday at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on June 19, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)

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As CCP Turns 90, Time For ‘Backward Glances’ and ‘Symbolic Gestures’

Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom chimes in on the Chinese Communist Party's birthday bash.

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom has a piece in Miller-McCune magazine set to coincide with today’s 90th anniversary of the Chineses Anniversary. In “Whose Road Led to Hu’s China?” Wasserstrom — author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know — asks, “What kinds of historical echoes sound loudest in today’s China?

China's Communist Party Turns 90

Jeffrey Wasserstrom on 'backward glances' and 'symbolic gestures.'

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A Chinese military band practices inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing before celebrations start for the Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

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Yingluck’s Win: Potential Crisis or Step Forward for Thai Democracy?

Policy

Yingluck Shinawatra's big win could turn into a new crisis rather than being a step forward for Thailand’s fragile democracy.

The Pheu Thai party’s victory in Thailand’s July 3 elections could turn into a new crisis rather than being a step forward for Thailand’s fragile democracy. If the Pheu Thai were to implement all the outlandish election promises it has given — free computers to all schoolchildren, free wi-fi, higher rice prices for the farmers, generous pensions for the elderly, new super-fast trains, a substantial increase in the minimum wage and so on — it would ruin the country’s economy.

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Pheu Thai candidate Yingluck Shinawatra greets supporters in Chiang Rai province on May 22, 2011. Shinawatra and her party went on to win a decisive victory in Thailand's elections on July 3. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)

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92Y: How do you commute to work? Some take the subway, some walk or bike, some might take a ferry. And some use a unicycle: http://t.co/9rLpYNqz

92Y: How do you commute to work? Some take the subway, some walk or bike, some might take a ferry. And some use a unicycle: http://t.co/9rLpYNqz
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92Y: @alicam89 Thanks for the feedback, Alistair, you never know! Do you watch or listen to our programs online at YouTube or elsewhere?

92Y: @alicam89 Thanks for the feedback, Alistair, you never know! Do you watch or listen to our programs online at YouTube or elsewhere?
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92Y: Tonight at 92Y: Four Irish Poets: Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Leontia Flynn, Rita Ann Higgins and Caitriona O’Reilly: http://t.co/TaARb1yt

92Y: Tonight at 92Y: Four Irish Poets: Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Leontia Flynn, Rita Ann Higgins and Caitriona O’Reilly: http://t.co/TaARb1yt
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AsiaSociety: MT @msnbc_pictures: World’s largest family: 1 husband, 39 wives, 94 children. http://t.co/t2NhnJ8o #India #Myanmar #Bangladesh

AsiaSociety: MT @msnbc_pictures: World’s largest family: 1 husband, 39 wives, 94 children. http://t.co/t2NhnJ8o #India #Myanmar #Bangladesh
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Ai Weiwei ‘Intensively Dedicating Himself to His Artistic Creation’

Arts

The recently freed activist and artist — whose New York photos are currently on display at Asia Society Museum — is reportedly back at work.

The New York Times reports that recently freed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei — whose New York photos are currently on display at Asia Society Museum — is reportedly back at work. Swiss gallery owner Urs Meile told the paper that he visited Ai from June 30 to July 3 and that the artist was in good health.

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Ai Weiwei (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mark Twain, William Shakespeare and Jiang Zemin

Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom searches for meaning in China's handling of recent rumors of former president Jiang Zemin's death.

As my friends know, it doesn’t take much to make me think of Mark Twain. And even people I’ve never met who have followed my writings on China know about my obsession with Twain, since I’ve managed to bring him into discussions of a wide range of China-related topics, from Shanghai history (he never went there but has a San Francisco-bound fictional character set sail from that treaty port) to the Boxers (with whose cause he expressed sympathy in 1900). So, it’s no surprise that, when rumors about Jiang Zemin’s death flew and then were squashed earlier this week, I found myself thinking of Twain.

Twain, Shakespeare and Jiang Zemin

Searching for meaning in rumors of a former Chinese president's death.

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An elderly man looks at portraits of former Chinese communist leaders (L to R) Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and current president Hu Jintao in Ditan Park in Beijing on June 28, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

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In Sweden, a Bold Step in Language Education — But Will it Last?

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In Sweden a bold step on Chinese language education came from the top. But will it be sustainable?

In bold if not surprising news, last week Swedish Education Minister Jan Björklund called for Chinese language to be taught in all primary and secondary schools, which would make Sweden a leader in Europe.

Sweden Goes Mandarin

What's behind a bold step in education?

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The Swedish furniture giant IKEA's Beijing store (pictured) is its second-largest in the world. (xiaming/Flickr)

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92Y: #FF Thanks for the mentions & RTs this week! @Jordan_Roth @jewishbloggers @OandMCo @AngieBNews @mashicawinslow

92Y: #FF Thanks for the mentions & RTs this week! @Jordan_Roth @jewishbloggers @OandMCo @AngieBNews @mashicawinslow
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92Y: 92Y Guest Blog: Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb: http://t.co/vOwAZlGW 1PM

92Y: 92Y Guest Blog: Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb: http://t.co/vOwAZlGW 1PM
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92Y: Today at 92Y: Parenting w/Soul Conversations; Midori, violin & Özgür Aydin, piano; and the Masquerade Vintage Ball: http://t.co/tzgdslJT

92Y: Today at 92Y: Parenting w/Soul Conversations; Midori, violin & Özgür Aydin, piano; and the Masquerade Vintage Ball: http://t.co/tzgdslJT
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Janis Ian, Society’s Child, at the 92nd Street Y

0 Janis Ian, Societys Child, at the 92nd Street YJanis Ian is a Grammy-award winning songwriter, singer, musician and columnist. She had a highly successful singing career in the 1960s and 70s, and has continued recording into the 21st century. Her hits include “Societys Child” and “Seventeen.” She is the author of the recent memoir Societys Child: My Autobiography.

Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. His essay accompanying the Eric Clapton box set, Crossroads, won a Grammy in the Best Album Notes category. He is the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work.

This was recorded May 4, 2009 at the 92nd Street Y.

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In Sweden, a Bold Step in Language Education — But Will it Last?

Education

In Sweden a bold step on Chinese language education came from the top. But will it be sustainable?

In bold if not surprising news, last week Swedish Education Minister Jan Björklund called for Chinese language to be taught in all primary and secondary schools, which would make Sweden a leader in Europe.

Sweden Goes Mandarin

What's behind a bold step in education?

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Desai: After Mumbai Bombings, Time to ‘Stand Up to Fight for Peace’

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Asia Society President Vishakha Desai reacts to Wednesday's Mumbai bombings that killed at least 21 and says what it may mean for India-Pakistan peace talks.

It’s been just over 24 hours since three coordinated bomb blasts killed at least 21 and injured scores more in Mumbai, India’s financial center.

Time to Fight for Peace

Vishakha Desai on the Mumbai bombings.

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An Indian office worker walks past wall graffiti made after the 2008 terror attacks near the recent blast site at Opera House in Mumbai on July 14, 2011. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

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92Y: 92Y Guest Blog: Idra Novey On US/Chinese Poetry Exchange http://t.co/YuVLRlhD

92Y: 92Y Guest Blog: Idra Novey On US/Chinese Poetry Exchange http://t.co/YuVLRlhD
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92Y: From our Tumblr: Looking back at Statue of Liberty’s 50th Anniversary, and Emma Lazarus’ role as English teacher @92Y: http://t.co/F4wtYBHg

92Y: From our Tumblr: Looking back at Statue of Liberty’s 50th Anniversary, and Emma Lazarus’ role as English teacher @92Y: http://t.co/F4wtYBHg
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92Y: Today is Bill Gates’ Birthday. Are you a Mac or PC? http://t.co/CetElyvn

92Y: Today is Bill Gates’ Birthday. Are you a Mac or PC? http://t.co/CetElyvn
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